Emerald City Comic Con
March 2-5, 2023
Seattle Convention Center Summit Building

ECCC Fan FAQs

ECCC Gaming Area

Board games, video games, arcade classics, RPGs and unreleased soon-to-be favorites; Emerald City Comic Con’s Gaming area has it all! Explore a wide range of gaming goodness for all the family, or stay late into the evening, long after the main show floor and panels have ended for the day. Come out and play some games!

Where? Level 4
When? Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - Midnight, Sunday 10am - 5pm

Oh and if you’re ever looking for information on Gaming at the show, our Gaming info point will be located on Level 4 Olive Lobby (near the escalators), where a member of our team will be happy to assist.

What’s happening?

The 2023 ECCC Indie Games Showcase

We’re thrilled to bring you demonstrations of some of the best new and soon-to-be-released video, mobile, board, card and roleplaying games from a variety of Pacific Northwest game designers. Demos will rotate every three hours all show long, so plan to visit often to try them all!

Check back for full details of all participants coming soon.


Console Gaming

Free Play and Tournament Console Gaming

Where? Level 4, Room 431-32
When? All weekend

Plug in and power up; we’re offering free console gaming all weekend long! Whether you want to test your skills against a friend or go head to head in a king of the hill style tournament, there is plenty to do for gamers at the show! 

From retro gaming to modern consoles, gamers of all types will have something to enjoy in the Gaming Zone. Best part? All you need is a badge to play all day long!

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

Where? Level 4, Paramount Lounge
When? All weekend, until 4.30pm on Sunday.

In conjunction with the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, we’re pleased to bring you a classic arcade at ECCC 2023! Full-sized pinball and arcade games will be set to free-play; from newer games to retro classics. 

Love arcade games? check out the 2023 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show on June 2nd-4th, 2023 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. The show is a volunteer-run nonprofit event which will have hundreds of games on free-play along with seminars, tournaments, artists, prizes and more.

Artemis Space Bridge Simulator

Where? Level 4, Room 435
When? All weekend, but sign-ups are required. Stop by early to secure your spot!

Sign up to explore the galaxy! Sail through the stars, go on epic missions and try to survive in the Artemis Space Bridge Simulator. Teams should work together as Captain, Engineering, Weapons, Helm and other key stations in this networked starship simulation.

Also, participate in the Artemis augmented reality (AR) metagame! Look around the Gaming Area to find additional game information hidden in augmented reality posters to aid your team on your stellar quests.


Board Games

Board Game Library

Where? Level 4, Room 427
When? All weekend

Want to try out a new board game, or play an old favorite? Come to the ECCC Board Game Lending Library, browse our offerings, and grab an open table. The Library is available to all show attendees free of charge.

Prototype Board Game Playtesting

Where? Level 4, Room 433
When? All weekend

Presented by PlaytestNW, we’re proud to bring unpublished board games to ECCC, giving you a sneak peek into the design and development of next year’s most exciting games – today! 

Come play unreleased games, and help their creators improve and refine their games throughout the show.

Play-and-Win Board Game

Where? Level 4, Room 427
When? Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-Midnight, Sunday 10am-3pm

Sponsored by Double Exposure Envoy, a wide array of board game publishers provide our show with copies of some of their newest titles, for you to win! Each player gets a raffle ticket for a chance to win the games they demo, with the lucky winners selected Friday and Saturday at 9pm, and Sunday at 3pm.

Board Game Demos/Open Play

Where? Level 4, Terrace Suite 1
When? Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm

Zulu’s games is proud to provide open demonstrations for a variety of exciting new board games all show long. 

Check back closer to the event for a full list of game demos!

Board Game Tournaments and Events

Looking to get competitive or show your skill set? We have plenty of dedicated Board Game events to take part in or spectate, including the Washington State Championships, Catan US National Qualifiers, and many more!

Mystery Box Game Design Challenge

Where? Level 4, Room 434
When? Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 12-3pm - sign up early at the Gaming Info Point to make sure you don’t miss out. 

Stretch your creative muscles in the Mystery Box Game Design Challenge. Alongside game design professionals, work in teams of up to 5 to create a board game using only a box of mystery items. Stick around afterward to play and critique your fellow competitors’ creations! There will be prizes for the best game design! Hosted/Judged by: Alice Davis, Matt Jacobs, Nichol Coleman, Brandon Neal. Sponsored by Print & Play Games.


Social Games

Live Action Robo Rally

Where? Level 4, Room 436
When? Saturday 12-1.30pm and 2.30-4pm

Come play a giant version of Richard Garfield’s board game, Robo Rally - where you are either the robot on the giant board, or the programmer deciding its fate from the sidelines.

Blood on the Clocktower

Where? Level 4, Room 436
When? Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-11pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm; stop by early to sign up!

In the quiet village of Ravenswood Bluff a demon walks amongst you, murdering by night and disguised in human form by day. Will the good townsfolk put the puzzle together in time to execute the true demon, or will evil overrun this once peaceful village? 

Blood on the Clocktower is a captivating and addictive new social bluffing game for those who delight in deduction and deception. Dead players are never eliminated, every player has a secret, players may enter a game after it starts, the Storyteller may give misinformation to players who are “drunk” or “poisoned”, while leading each game to a nail-biting outcome. No two games are the same and death is not the end!

Wanderstar

Where? Room 430
When? Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am - 1pm, 1.30 - 3.30pm and 4 - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm, with additional 21+ sessions on Friday and Saturday from 8-10pm

Foulplay Games is a women-owned murder mystery games and events company based in Seattle, WA. Join Foulplay Games for a pop-up space western murder mystery game, WANDERSTAR! Visit the Doublestar Cantina in Lone Rock Port, a lawless port in the Outskirts of the Frontier Star System, where you will partake in 2 hours of mystery and intrigue to figure out whodunnit! Discover friends and rivals as you play a suspect with secrets of your own while bribing and blackmailing other con attendees to find clues and gather information to solve the crime! No prior experience needed. Ages 13+ recommended. Prizes and swag for participants and super sleuths! First come, first served! Join in Room 430


Miniatures and Wargaming

Minis Paint-and-Take hosted by Arcanum Miniatures

Where? Level 4, Terrace Suite 2
When? Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 12-4pm; show up from 10am daily to reserve your time slot.

Come learn to paint miniatures! Arcanum Miniatures returns to ECCC to  teach you the basics of priming, applying base coats, dry brushing, using washes and other techniques. Tickets for each time block will run out, so come early to get your ticket and ensure you will be able to participate!

Planet 9 - A Victorian Science Fiction Miniatures Game

Where? Level 4, Terrace Suite 2
When? Thursday 2-4pm and 6-8pm, Friday and Saturday 1-3pm, 5-7pm and 8-10pm - sign up early to avoid missing out!

PNW local game designer Bruce Smith brings his custom miniatures game to play with ECCC fans.

It’s 1899, in the Age of Queen Victoria! Advances and innovations in science have increased the industrial and military might of many nations, and with them the need for exploring uncharted planets. With the discovery of Planet 9, two alliances have formed: The Eagle Alliance (France, German Empire, Boers and South Planet 9 allies) and the Tiger Alliance (British, Japanese, Pirate Empire and North Planet 9 allies). What side do you join? 

Up to 8 players, No experience necessary. Just the desire to have fun while playing a miniatures game.

To join, sign-up each day at the miniatures display in Terrace Suite 2.


Roleplaying Games

Featuring introductory and advanced adventures, we have plenty of Role Playing Games available to play throughout the show. Visit our RPG rooms to sign up for Dungeons & Dragons 5E, Pathfinder 2E Adventures or browse through our Classic RPG library.

Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League

Where? Sign ups daily in Room 
When? Various - click the link below for a full schedule of events.

Cleric Games returns to the PNW with some awesome Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League content! A lot of things have changed in our world, and that includes Adventure League. We suggest familiarizing yourself with the updated rules. We will be running a variety of content for both new and old players, along with our trademark new player games. Featuring new Adventurers League content including a Saturday night Epic multi-table event, our DMs are excited to help you create new Emerald City Comic Con memories.

Classic and Modern RPGs

Where? Register outside Room 427
When? On-demand, all weekend

The Alexandria RPG Library will have hundreds of source books and modules from scores of tabletop RPG systems, available for you to browse through, or to use to run a session. They will be coordinating GMs to be on hand to introduce you to some of the greatest role playing games of the past 40 years. 

Learn how to hire a team in Shadowrun, see if you can outwit Friend Computer in Paranoia, or have the arcane ways of THAC0 explained. All experience levels are welcome!

Gamemasters will be on hand to run adventures in a variety of classic and indie game systems, including Deadlands, Star Wars D6, Dungeon Crawl Classics, D&D 5E homebrew modules, and more classic and modern game systems.

Pathfinder Society Games

Where? Level 4
When? View schedule and sign up at the link below

Join members of the Emerald City Lodge, as they lead you through the Pathfinder Society introductory "Bounty" Pathfinder 2nd Edition adventures. (simple, short, casual standalone adventures that last up to 2 hours), or modules from a selection of PF2 Adventures lasting approximately 5 hours. All games will also have walk-up seating available. Sign-ups daily in Room 429.


Trading Card Games

We’ve got TCG activities and tournaments for every enthusiast at ECCC, all located on Level 4. Check back closer to the show for more details on Trading Card programming and events.


Live Action Roleplaying (LARP)

Amtgard Medieval/Fantasy Combat Sports and Recreation

Where? Level 3, Garden Lounge
When? All weekend

ECCC is pleased to host Amtgard, a free-to-play world-wide organization dedicated to safe, inclusive, accessible medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation, featuring a wide array of interests including combat, magic, role play, leadership, and various arts.  Amtgard combat takes place using foam-padded replicas of medieval weapons, fantasy and historical clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, magic, monsters, quests, crafting, artistry, and more; to bring to life the tabletop or video game experience many are familiar with. Amtgard provides an atmosphere to allow you to role play to whatever extent you like.

Ages 14+ to fight (with parental permission). Combat not your thing?  Not to worry, our membership includes some of the finest artisans, practiced in crafts such as maille, garbing, leatherwork, classical arts, weaving, and countless others.